The porch is my favorite place to be on a summer morning, fresh air, peace and quiet.
I’ve lived through another week of school. It’s intense, no question about that. I have a check-off on skills and I have an exam this week. I do have Monday off, though. I worked two long days in a row yesterday and Friday, very tiring but tips were good. Yesterday after 7+ hours on my feet, I walked home, discovered that my flower boxes were in desperate need of watering and rushed to do so, then had just enough time to change and rush over to 4:30 Mass. I got there just in time, so after kneeling for a quick prayer I stood for the entrance song, Act of Contrition, the Gloria and the Collect. Of course, when I sat down for the readings, fatigue hit me like a ton of bricks. I think I dozed off for a bit during the sermon, which is not at all the fault of Fr. Mike, his sermon was great, I was just that tired. I walked back home on legs that felt like lead weights. I had wanted to take a bike ride but decided I needed to rest, so I relaxed and read for a bit, made myself a nice meal, then studied for a while. And that was my exciting Saturday night!
I’m going to Mass here in town more often. I still belong to my little church out in the country. However with our new priest and new cluster, we only have Mass every other week at our church, and the other churches in our cluster are too far away to drive to. So I just walk the 6 blocks to the one here in town. I like it well enough, but I do prefer my own little church. I miss seeing everyone. I had been waffling about whether or not to teach Faith Formation this year but finally decided that I really need to step out. I’ve been doing it for quite a few years, and although it has been a struggle at times I’ve mostly enjoyed it and I’ll miss it. But I’ve been waiting for 3 years to do this PTA program, and it is rigorous and demands my attention. So, I will step down and trust that the Lord will prompt someone to take my place. After I graduate, I may be ready and able to teach again, in some capacity. Or perhaps the Lord will have another task for me. But with Mass there only 2 or 3 times a month, and with me not teaching, I will feel a little isolated from my little parish. But maybe I will start to feel more at home at the church here in town?
Madeline has survived her first week at college and is doing reasonably well. She’s still not used to it and feels a little uncertain, but I’m confident that she’ll be fine. We finally talked a little on Friday night and she sounded tired, but good. Tomorrow I will go to Dubuque to see Jacob’s new apartment, and I’ll bring my laptop so we can Skype with Madeline.
Then into another school week. It’s easy to see that between school and work I will be very, very busy. I will need to be sure to take care of myself and not push too much. I am glad I did not try to do this program while the kids were still at home, it would have been difficult. SOme of the people in my class do still have young kids at home, and they say it is hard. But– it is only for 2 years!
Speaking of school– I still am in the yahoo group for homeschoolers here in town, and it is fun to see all the “not-back-to-school” activities and reminders about filing the forms for homeschooling. I’m done with that!